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Do I have trust issues? How to identify and overcome trust issues in a relationship

Trust issues are characterized by fear of betrayal, abandonment, or manipulation. And this fear is often triggered as a result of betrayal (such as infidelity), abandonment (think: leaving a child or foregoing a relationship with them), or manipulation (for example, dishonesty or gaslighting). If you’re reading this, it’s possible that…

How to deal with toxic friends: Tips for identifying friendship red flags and maintaining boundaries

Red flags in romantic relationships are a popular subject—but what about our friendships?  Friendship red flags are real and can be an indication that your friendship is toxic or at least needs some work.  If you spot manipulative or controlling behavior in your friendships, it’s important that you set boundaries….

Romance scammers: Who they are, what they do, and how you can protect your heart and wallet

In 2020, reported losses from romance scams totaled $304 million.  Heartbroken victims reported losing not only their money, but also their dignity and the futures they’d envisioned with their loved ones. You can take practical steps to protect yourself from romance scammers, like learning to identify the psychological biases these…

Dealing with workplace manipulation: Identify the signs, spot dark personality traits, and communicate more effectively 

Workplace manipulation happens when a supervisor or coworker uses guilt, shame, coercion, or other tactics to exploit another member of the team.  If your boss is a workplace manipulator, watch out for traits and behavioral qualities that indicate they might have dark personality traits.  Dark personality traits (narcissism, machiavellianism, psychopathy)…

Signs of an introverted narcissist: How to spot their subtle tactics of manipulation

Narcissists are often assumed to be braggadocious, extroverted individuals that are always the center of attention.  Introverted narcissists use what’s known as covert psychological behaviors that can mask their true intentions. Because of this, their manipulation tactics can be harder to spot.  Some of the signs of an introverted narcissist…

Learn the signs of digital consumer manipulation and be a smarter online shopper

It’s not always obvious when our cognitive biases are being manipulated by digital marketers and neuromarketing experts. Retail websites use a variety of psychological tactics to persuade consumers to buy their products. Occasionally these tactics stray into manipulative territory, for example when websites use dark patterns, greenwashing, and price discrimination. …

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